Conspiracy theorists ambushed pupils and teachers outside a school to shout about the ‘Covid fraud’.
Police are investigating a video of the protesters at Calderstones School in south Liverpool, which is one of the city’s mass coronavirus testing sites.
The group was seen driving around the school with a megaphone, telling pupils not to get tested before harassing the school’s head teacher and soldiers helping out on site.
One man is heard saying, ‘Liverpool is the worst place in the world right now’ before adding, ‘Anybody who believes this Covid-lie, this Covid-fraud…’
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Two women in the car can also be seen shouting at children entering the school.
They shout: ‘If you get tested in school they’re going to lock you down for Christmas.’
At one stage, the group surround the head teacher, saying: ‘If you are the headteacher, we will put you on notice.
‘If anything happens to these children getting tested for Covid-19 – absolute disgrace, this will be going further.’
Parents, city leaders and the wider Liverpool public have condemned the ‘totally unforgiveable’ behaviour.
Parent Angela Collinson said: ‘I am angered by the behaviour of these people who clearly have no connection to Calderstones School or any children who attend.
‘The parents were emailed to ask them to fill in a consent form if they wanted their child to be tested.
‘The head teacher and all the teachers have been absolutely brilliant during this incredibly difficult time and communicate with parents regularly.
She added: ‘If they had a child who needed an emergency operation but had to have a Covid test before proceeding – would they say no and spout their conspiracy theory rhetoric? I’m fuming.’
On Twitter, Jo Fairclough said: ‘Fuming. This is my daughter’s school and this headteacher is one of the best headteachers I’ve met.
‘He does everything with the best interests of the students at heart and has handled the whole Covid situation excellently.
‘What a bunch of absolute idiots, unbelievable.’
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson, whose brother died from Covid-19, called on police to investigate.
He said: ‘They are harassing school staff, intimidating and shouting at kids, their behaviour is totally unforgivable and I would like to see the police respond.
‘No children are being forced to have a test, they will only have one if their parents or carers give consent – no one in Liverpool is being forced to have a test.
‘We know that the overwhelming majority of people in Liverpool are supportive of this project and want to see it be a success.’
A Merseyside Police spokesman said: ‘We are aware of a video that has been circulated on social media regarding people outside Calderstones school in south Liverpool today, Tuesday 10th November.
‘The matter is currently being investigated. Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC or call 101.’
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